The Naramachi Museum in Nara

In the past, Gangoji had a great power and a vast grounds.
Naramachi Museum is where the main hall of the Gangoji Temple was.
Buddha images and old daily necessities are displayed there.

[ Naramachi Museum in the site of former main hall of Gangoji temple ]
This time I will introduce the Naramachi Museum located near the Koshin-do Hall introduced last week.
The Naramachi Museum is in the place where the former main hall of the Gangoji temple was.
The first full-fledged temple in Japan is the Hokoji Temple.
Hokoji Temple was built in Asuka, it moved here when the capital moved to Heijo Kyo.
And it changed to a name called Gangoji.
The former Gangoji Temple had a great power.
Gangoji Temple was prosperous for a while after relocation.
However, it gradually declined since the Medieval period.
Main hall of the temple burnt in 1451, but it was not rebuilt.
People have been settling on the site.
A lot of houses were built.
The house of Naramachi Museum is one of them.
[ Naramachi Museum ]
The Naramachi Museum is about 1,500 meters from JR Nara station and about 1000 meters from Kintetsu Nara station.
You may feel it is far, but you will not get bored because there are lots of tourist facilities on the way.
The Naramachi Museum is a private museum.
The president of the Naramachi Museum has remodeled his house, collected folk materials such as people's daily necessities and signs of shops, Buddha statues, etc. and displayed them.

Naramachi Museum

The president is a generous person.
Admission fee is free of charge.

Admission free

Photography is permitted for exhibits.

Photography allowed

They said that it is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day of the year.
[ Images enshrined at the Naramachi Museum ]
On the northern side of the Naramachi Museum, Togenuki Kannon is enshrined.

On the northern side of Naramachi Museum

Togenuki  Kannon in Naramachi Museum

It is said that when you feel unwell in your body, it will get better if you touch the same part of Kannon's body.
It is written that put 100 yen as fee in the offertory box when you touch.
Juichimen Kannon is enshrined.

Juichimen  Kannon in Naramachi Museum

And Shomen Kongo is enshrined.

Shomen Kongo in Naramachi Museum

[ Many Exhibits in the Naramachi Museum ]

Old signboards of shops

These are signboards of shops.

Signboard of tea leaves shop

This is written as "ocha".
It means tea leaves.

Old signboard of candy store

This is written as "ame".
It means candy or syrup.
There are old daily necessities.

Old daily necessities

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
Naramachi Museum: N34.67688 E135.82994


(August 31, 2018)

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